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Resource Editor: How To Add Application Manifest

An Application Manifest is an XML file that describes the dependencies that an application uses. The wizard-generated manifest file allows developers to mark their applications with a requested execution level, and defines which of the Windows common control DLLs the application should use, version 5.0 or 6.0.

The manifest indicates to the operating system that ComCtl32.dll version 6 and higher should be used when it is available. Version 6.10 includes some new controls and new options for other controls, but the biggest change is support for changing the appearance of controls in a window.

Generate and Add UAC Manifest

1. Download Resource Tuner and open your file with it.

2. Click the 'Add Resource...' button to bring up the wizard.

Add Resource

3. Choose the Manifest resource from the list and click 'OK'.

Add Manifest resource

4. Read the Welcome message, check the sections to be included in the manifest and click 'Next'.

sections in the manifest

5. The wizard will verify a link to ComCtrl and necessary initialization calls exist. Having a link to ComCtrl is optimal — necessary in most cases but not all.

Check link to ComCtrl

6. Fill out the application name and description fields. The wizard generates a visual style manifest for your application using these fields. Follow the instructions and fill in the blanks accordingly:

Application name and description

7. Select a requested execution level. Most applications are built using the default "As Invoker" setting. More about the Trust Info section

Select a requested execution level

8. Check the supported Windows platforms to be included in the manifest and click 'Next'.

Windows platforms in the manifest

9. Review the manifest XML code and click 'Finish' to apply your entered data.

Review XML code

10. Check the Resource Tree View to verify that the newly created manifest resource is present:

Manifest resource verification

11. Click the 'Save File' button on the toolbar to save the altered file to disk.

For safety and precaution, it is recommended to perform all file operations with copies of the original files.

After making the copies, it is best to move them to a distinct directory, separate from the parent or home directory of the executable. By following this approach, you can minimize the risk of accidental data loss or unintended modifications to the original files.


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